The ultimate high: Sexual addiction and the bug chasing phenomenon

David A. Moskowitz*, Michael E. Roloff

*Corresponding author for this work

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This study sought to explain the existence of a controversial subculture of gay men, a group whose main attribute is an active desire to voluntarily contract HIV. The following research reasons "bug chasing" as being symptomatic of sexual addiction. A quasi-randomized survey of personal advertisements of HIV-negative bug chasers and barebackers - gay men who intentionally eschew condom use without the desire to seroconvert - revealed that chasers were: (a) considerably different from their barebacker counterparts regarding paraphiliac activities, and (b) significantly more likely than barebackers to rank higher on behavioral and psychological measures of sexual addiction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)21-40
Number of pages20
JournalSexual Addiction and Compulsivity
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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